Nicatous Lake is one of my most favorite places in Maine. It is located approximately 65 miles northeast of Bangor. The fact that we own a camp on the lake makes it even more special.
Nicatous Lake is a long, narrow lake at the head of Nicatous Stream, tributary to the Passadumkeag River. It is approximately ten miles long, containing 5,165 acres. It is widely considered to be one of Maine’s most beautiful water bodies with its pristine sand beaches, intricate coves and 98 islands. By purchasing an easement on the Robbins paper company land and additional acreage owned by International Paper, the state of Maine helped to foster sustainable forest management while extinguishing all development rights on the purchased land, protecting shoreline buffers, conserving wildlife habitat and opportunities for traditional recreation. In addition to the easement, the state acquired 76 of the 98 islands in Nicatous Lake. The lake is one of the top five loon-nesting lakes in Maine, and has three bald eagle nesting sites. There are six deer-wintering areas in the area and ample range for species such as bobcat and black bear. There is excellent bass and perch fishing in the lake and many trout ponds with a short distance. I am told that nearby West Lake supports trophy-sized land-locked salmon.
There are many campgrounds in the area and two lodges on the lake. Most campgrounds are remote and require boat or canoe access.
Oh yeah, did I mention the ATV trails that run near the lake?? There are hundreds of approved trails (usually woods roads) that are closeby.
This area is truly one of Maine’s nicest places to visit.